October 25, 2015 |
The wins have come at such a mind-numbing pace for Clyde Folsom at West Deptford that many don't realize the monumental task he faced when taking over as head football coach in 1991. This was as good a time as any to reflect on the successful regime after Folsom reached another milestone Friday night, when West Deptford beat Collingswood, 34-7, in a Colonial Conference Liberty Division game. For Folsom it was his 200th win at West Deptford, making him 200-59-2. During his first coaching job he went 34-11-3 and won three consecutive South Jersey championships at Bishop Eustace.
September 6, 2015 |
What was supposed to be the easy opening week of Rutgers football, a soft start for the Scarlet Knights Saturday against Norfolk State, has turned into maybe the darkest chapter yet for an athletic department that specializes in setting itself on fire. This seems to be the real cost of joining the Big Ten, of trying to be big time. The latest Rutgers headline: Five Rutgers players are arrested. The details are ugly. An allegedly unprovoked assault by four players. A fifth player and a former player charged in home invasions and armed robberies.
August 15, 2015 |
Offensive tackle Jaelin Robinson is vying for a starting spot at Temple as a redshirt freshman. He may never have gotten this chance if his high school gym teacher could take a joke. The 6-foot-6, 319-pound Robinson was an accomplished basketball player at Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven, Conn., when he decided to joke with his gym teacher, John Acquavita, who also happened to be the head football coach, in the spring of his junior year. "I was in gym class and joking and said I would come out [for football]
June 22, 2015 |
In East Falls, atop a hill that crests after a tenth-of-a-mile slope of dirt-pocked grass and fissured white pavement blotched with black tar, rests the Abbotsford Homes housing project. Rasheed Bailey lived at Abbotsford until he was 18, as did his best friend and classmate at Roxborough High School, Rashawn Anderson. But it wasn't until someone shot and killed Anderson outside his house on the night of Feb. 7, 2011, that Bailey recognized his own deep desire to leave Abbotsford.
May 24, 2015 |
Coaching high school football is a year-round endeavor, but usually the spring is a time for coaches to take a little bit of a breather. Try telling that to Dwayne Savage, the head football coach at Camden. This spring, Savage has been busier than ever, and he's not complaining. After high school seniors sign letters of intent during the first week in February, college recruiters relentlessly pursue the next class. So during the spring, college coaches often come to high schools, meet with the coaches, watch film of the prospects and get as much information as possible about the players they are recruiting.
March 27, 2015 |
Frank Wilczynski knows all about the tradition of Overbrook football. He was part of it. Now, Wilczynski says his task is to remind his players of the Rams' rich history - and maybe to get them to create a legacy of their own. "I can't even put into words what this means to me," Wilczynski said Wednesday of being named Overbrook's new coach. Wilczynski replaces Wade Inge, who resigned after last season. Overbrook was 11-39 in five seasons under Inge. Wilczynski was an assistant coach for Overbrook last season.
March 27, 2015 |
LA SALLE HIGH School named John Steinmetz as its new head football coach yesterday. Steinmetz, who is a graduate of the Class of 1977, has been an assistant coach at the school for 35 years and served under all three of the former head coaches. Former head coach Drew Gordon stepped down on Feb. 10 after nine seasons (2006-2014). Steinmetz takes over a program that has reached the Catholic League championship game eight times in the last 9 years, winning six titles (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012)
March 21, 2015 |
A month after stepping down as La Salle's head football coach, Drew Gordon has decided to return to the sideline. Gordon has accepted the position of offensive coordinator at nearby Bishop McDevitt, where he was a standout quarterback in the late 1960s. "It's something that I had a lot of interest in because it's close to home, I played there, I've known [head coach] Pat Manzi for a long time, and I'm friendly with [president] Steve Finley," he said. "I'm excited about the challenge.
February 18, 2015 |
BERNIE LEMONICK was a hard-hitting lineman for the University of Pennsylvania football teams of the late 1940s and early '50s, an era many old-time alumni and fans think of with teary-eyed nostalgia. Penn was a powerhouse of collegiate football in those years, playing some of the biggest schools in the country, and easily filling the 75,000 seats at Franklin Field for every Saturday home game. Legendary coaches and players strode the corridors and sidelines, their cleats grinding on the concrete, the fans delirious with their flags and pom-poms and full-throated cheers.
February 7, 2015 |
Jim Murphy will return as Roman Catholic's head football coach, according to sources. The school is expected to announce his hiring Friday. Murphy guided the Cahillites to a 64-34 record (.653 winning percentage) from 2000 to 2007. In his final season, the squad went 12-2 and defeated St. Joseph's Prep, 10-9, for the Catholic League Red Division championship. Murphy replaces Joe McCourt, a former Roman standout who compiled a 42-37 mark in seven years. Last season, the Cahillites went 5-6 overall and 1-2 in Catholic League Class AAAA action.